Food

Korean Food Influenced by Chinese Food

With the rise of localities of Chinese descent, the range of Chinese food has spread all around the world with variations to fit the local tastes. In the case of Korea, due to geographical proximity, there is much influence of Northern styles of Chinese cuisine. Although there are expensive and gourmet Chinese food that would be ethnically focused, most Chinese food have become rather common in Korean households due to home deliveries. It is not difficult to order Chinese food and have it delivered to your household, and is therefore known as an inexpensive and delicious option.

It is a common dilemma to be torn between Jjampong (spicy seafood soup noodles) and Jajangmyeon (black stir-fry noodles). The two dishes have their own distinct appeals, wherein Jjampong is red in colour and has a spicy seafood soup that is rich in flavour.

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Jajangmyeon on the other hand is a stir-fry type of noodle with various vegetables with a black sauce, compared to Jjampong, it is more on the greasy side. Eating a dish of Jajangmyeon only may be a little too heavy and is usually accompanied with yellow, pickled radishes known as Danmuji and fresh onions. A bowl of Jajangmyeon is usually offered with a little Jjampong to allow the spicy soup to become a refreshing ending to the Jajangmyeon.

Jjampong and Jajangmyeon are two rivals in the Korean Chinese food, and the choice on what to order has been a long debate. The choice has been rendered to be as difficult as choosing between the favoured parent (mom vs. dad), wherein there is no winning answer. But these days, there has been a solution to this long debate, since people had always longed for the taste of both dishes together, many Korean Chinese restaurants have introduced JjamJja-myeon, which is the portmanteau of the two dishes (the names of the two dishes were blended). JjamJja-myeon is not a mix of Jjampong and Jajangmyeon, but rather is a developed bowl, that has a division in the middle, and one half is filled with Jjampong, and the other half is filled with Jajangmyeon. This allows for a person to taste both dishes in one order (bowl), although this would mean that the quantity of each dish would be halved, there is variety which results in the dish being a little more expensive than ordering one dish as a whole.

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With the introduction of this special bowl to make JjamJja-myeon, there have been other mixes in dishes, such as a mix with Tangsuyook (Sweet and sour pork), fried rice, and other Chinese delicacies. If you would opt for authentic Chinese food, there are other restaurants that do so in Korea, but the culture of fast food Korean Chinese food would offer quick, inexpensive, delicious dishes that would have space for variety as well!